Signs of Life is a sci-fi survival sandbox platformer with a combination of procedurally generated and hand-crafted content. You'll explore mysterious locations, Mine blocks for resources, and meet strange (and some familiar) creatures, some of which don't even want to kill you and eat your corpse.
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Release Date: Jan 27, 2014

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Why Early Access?

“We wanted to get our game in the hands of as many people as possible, as soon as possible. We are a tiny team with no budget, so Early Access will allow us to think longer-term, and ultimately deliver a better game.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“Until we finish the content we have planned for the 1.0 release. We can't give you an ETA at this point, as we're still quite far from being finished.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version will have more content, a complete, satisfying narrative and less bugs. What we have in the current Early Access build is a solid foundation, but now our job is to expand on that content in order to finish the game.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The current Early Access version of Signs of Life is very playable and stable. What we have now is a solid experience, although it has only a portion of the planned total content.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We have no plans to change the price between now and release.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“In any way we can. We're active on the Steam forums, and we love getting feedback from the community. The more you guys get involved and tell us what we're doing wrong the better the game is sure to get. We take criticism well, so don't be shy =)”
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December 22, 2015

Signs of Life Update 0.6

Version 0.6
This update had two objectives, we wanted to make the underground a bit more interesting and we wanted to do some work on general user friendliness features. We've still got a lot of work on our plate before we'll feel like the underground is as interesting as we want it to be, but this should take us a significant step closer. We also added some sweet weapons and gadgets because they're fun to make =D We've fixed all the bugs we're aware of, but I'm sure there are some things we missed, so let us know when you run into issues. We still have a bit more planned for the new Biome, but we didn't want to keep you folks waiting any longer, so expect some new things to trickle in over the next couple weeks.

New Content
  • New Underground Biome
  • New Creatures
    • Dart Crawler
    • Crawler Pod
    • Chitinous Spike Wall
    • Chitinous Spike Boss
  • Added a Decoy Hologram throwable gadget that will distract creatures that aren't too mad at you.

  • Added an Explosive Grenade.
  • Added a Trajectory Computer that displays predicted paths for throwable items and arrows.

  • Changed the sprites on the Vintage Mining Suit armor pieces, and renamed them to "Prototype Mining Suit" pieces.

  • Added a portable Iron Grill as a heat source.

  • Added Optical Camo activator gadget.

  • Added Armor Patch mods for armor pieces. You can add any one patch to any armor piece. The patches cannot be removed, but they can be replaced. If you have good ideas for more of these let us know!
    • Carbon Nanotube Mesh - Adds 2% damage resistance to a piece of armor.
    • Ceramic Plate - Adds 5% heat and energy resistance to a piece of armor.
    • Optical Camo - Adds optical camo to a piece of armor. Must be activated with the Optical Camo activator and all armor pieces must have optical camo applied to function.
  • Added 9mm Ricochet Ammo, it is not very helpful...
  • Added a Railgun. Its still way overpowered, but we'll be tweaking it.

  • The Escape Pod now has a built in respawner.

  • Equipment Spoiler: Added an upgraded version of the mining suit, the Mining Suit Mk2. Equip all the pieces of the Prototype Mining Suit to discover the recipes for the pieces.
  • Equipment Spoiler: Added a Chitinous Shield crafted with bits from the new underground boss.

New Recipes
  • Decoy Hologram - 2x Steel Rivets, 3x Copper Wire, 1x Small Battery, 1x Refined Sapphire, 1x Standard Lens.
  • Trajectory Computer - 1x Microchip, 1x Plastic, 1x Copper Wire, 1x Standard Lens.
  • Explosive Grenade (3) - 1x Iron Ingot, 1x Black Powder.
  • 9mm Ricochet Ammo (12) - 1x Lead, 1x Black Powder, 1x Springtail Nectar.
  • Armor Patch Mods
    • Carbon Nanotube Mesh - 1x D6 Polymer, 1x Steel Rivet.
    • Ceramic Plate - 1x Clay, 1x Steel Rivet.
    • Optical Camo - 1x LED, 1x Steel Rivet.
  • Optical Camo Activator, 1x Microchip, 1x Plastic, 1x Small Battery, 1x Copper Wire.
  • Iron Grill - 6x Iron Ingots, Requires Tool: Hammer.
  • Railgun - 1x Steel Gun Parts, 18x Copper Wire, 1x Standard Lens, 1x Refined Ruby, 4x Medium Battery.
  • Iron Railgun Slugs (6) - 1x Iron Ingot.
  • Microchip - 1x Sand, 1x Copper Wire, 1x Rough Topaz.
  • Chitinous Shield - 1x Medusa Medulla, 6x Crawler Spines, 1x Chitinous Plate, 1x Plated Hide Strap.
  • Mining Suit Mk2 - You get the recipes when you wear the entire Prototype Mining Suit at once.
    • Mining Suit Mk2 Helmet - 1x Prototype Mining Suit Helmet, 1x Medium Battery, 1x Microchip, 2x Plastic, 2x D6 Polymer.
    • Mining Suit Mk2 Torso - 1x Protoype Mining Suit Torso, 6x Steel Rivets, 4x Plastic, 4x D6 Polymer, 4x Copper Wire.
    • Mining Suit Mk2 Legs - 1x Protoype Mining Suit Legs, 6x Steel Rivets, 4x Plastic, 2x D6 Polymer.
    • Mining Suit Mk2 Arms - 1x Prototype Mining Suit Arms, 4x Steel Rivets, 4x Plastic, 2x D6 Polymer.
    • Mining Suit Mk2 Boots - 1x Prototype Mining Suit Boots, 4x Steel Rivets, 4x Plastic, 2x D6 Polymer.
    • Mining Suit Mk2 Gloves - 1x Prototype Mining Gloves, 4x Steel Rivets, 4x Plastic, 2x D6 Polymer.
    • Mining Suit Mk2 Jumpjet - 1x Prototype Mining Suit Jumpjet, 1x Large Battery, 6x Steel Rivets, 4x Plastic, 4x D6 Polymer.
  • Prototype Mining Suit Jumpjet - 1x Broken Prototype Mining Suit Jumpjet, 1x Jumpjet Core, Requires Tool: Screwdriver.

Gameplay Changes
  • You can now switch to a manual item slot mode that lets you drag your items to your hotbar.

  • Added an Auto Pickup option to the settings menu. Automatically picks up items on the ground when you walk over them.

  • The player respawns in the escape pod by default.
  • You can stand in respawners you find and right click it in order to set your respawn point to that respawner.
  • The player now has acceleration and deceleration when moving around.

  • Fall damage calculation changed - fall damage is now potentially much more deadly if you fall for long distances.

  • Added a shield bash
  • Changed Jumpjet behavior to be much more useful
  • Increased growing time of bush saplings.
  • Thrown items no longer stack with existing items in the world.
  • You can now cancel a throw or bow pull by pressing the reload key.
  • Changed controls for throwable items. Left clicking now drops items and you can hold the right mouse button to power up a throw. You can use the scroll wheel to adjust the power of the throw after holding down the right mouse button.
  • Tweaked thrown item physics a bit.
  • Removed Material Printer crafting requirement from: Steel Arrows, Steel Bolts, Jewel Arrows, Jewel Bolts, Explosive Arrows, Rockets and Launcher Grenades.
  • Reduced healing rate of the Regeneration Salve by half.
  • Smelting Furnace now smelts metal twice as fast as the basic smelter.
  • Jewel Arrows and Bolts now travel a bit faster.
  • Jewel Bows and Crossbows have a bit more power.
  • The pale spitting creature's melee attacks now break weak blocks and its spit can corrode away weak blocks.
  • Tweaked creature AI to be a bit more consistent.
  • Mobs should no longer be able to hit players through the wall with melee attacks.
  • Marble Deposits now have a chance to drop anthracite when broken.
  • Tapping the hotbar slot for the active item now holsters it
  • Fall damage is no longer impacted by armor. We likely will add more fall damage reduction foot items rather than have the armor value itself reduce fall damage.
  • The old steel jumpjet has been replaced with the Prototype Mining Suit Jumpjet, which is crafted from a broken one you find in the Pioneer Station. along with the Jumpjet Core that you get from the robot chicken.

Misc Changes
  • Prototype Mining Suit armor pieces are now distributed randomly in bases in the world.
  • Platforms now draw in front of trees and bushes.
  • Increased the max audio volume from 11 to 20.
  • Significantly decreased world generation time.
  • Various performance improvements.
  • Renamed Puncher Plate to Chitinous Plate.

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About This Game

Signs of Life is a sci-fi survival sandbox platformer with a combination of procedurally generated and hand-crafted content. You'll explore mysterious locations, Mine blocks for resources, and meet strange (and some familiar) creatures, some of which don't even want to kill you and eat your corpse. Along the way, you'll be able to craft armor, weapons, gadgets and more to assist you in surviving in an inhospitable environment.

Story

Sensing that an apocalyptic war was imminent, the United Nations executed a last ditch plan to save what they could of the human race. 2 crafts were launched, a massive colony ship called the Hephaestus and a smaller, faster scout ship called the Hermes. The destination was a recently discovered earth-like planet with the potential to harbor life located roughly 18 light years away. The Hermes reached the planet first in order to establish a presence in anticipation of the arrival of the Hephaestus.

4 years later, as the Hephaestus approached its destination a faint signal was detected from a nearby asteroid. Against their better judgement, the crew of the Hephaestus decided to investigate, and in doing so set in motion a chain of events that would ultimately lead to their destruction.

The good news is, you managed to survive by hitching a ride on a small escape pod just in the nick of time. The bad news is, everyone you knew and loved is dead, you have nothing but the clothes on your back, a standard issue multi-function wrist laser and a faulty artificial intelligence companion named AGIS. Oh, and the human race is probably doomed.

Probably.

Features

  • An expansive world with procedurally generated and hand-crafted content.
  • Online Co-Op Multiplayer
  • A bunch of weird alien creatures.
  • Some familiar creatures.
  • Chickens.
  • Mining, hunting, gathering.
  • Gobs of ores, materials and animal organs you can use to...
  • Craft all kinds of weapons, armor, gadgets, furniture, etc.
  • A bit of story and lore to hold the whole thing together.
  • Eggs.
  • All spiritual content in this game has been assessed by Dr. Halamkah, advisor to the stars.

Current State of Development

Signs of Life is currently in Alpha. We feel like we've put together a fun, satisfying experience that will allow us to get wider feedback while we complete the rest of the game.

Right now our first priority is making sure that the content we have in-game is as bug-free, balanced, polished and fun as possible based on feedback from you folks. We have a significant prologue/tutorial planned, as well as significant content beyond what is currently playable, so the sooner you get involved the more of an effect you'll have on the final game. We deal in hard science, and in working very closely with our personal science advisor at Sweet Dog Studios, that tends to lead to results.

We are still very much in development, and we would like you to join us in shaping the game from here on out. Your feedback is vital to us, so don't be shy =)

Caveats/Issues

  • Some sound effects are missing, but we are actively working on filling them in.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with Shader Model 2 support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Dual-Core 2+ GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Graphics card with Shader Model 2 support
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
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Amygeddon
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 30
Absolutley addicted to this game. the material printer etc are a bit too difficult to craft. as i cannot find any of the resources needed as yet. but overall an awsome game!
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kajidiablo
( 16.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 29
great start i guess but its only what id say about 1/3 done its got a great start but its too short, too little content and most of the time bland atleast in starbound i can travel to other planets use vehicles create massive buildings and they even have the ability to populate them so for now id say get the latter seeing as i havent seen any kind of update from this team in almost half a year as to whats going on i just have a sinking feeling this is going to get pached together and released as a half finished frainkenstien monster game never being finished
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Voro
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 26
For such price, and updates twice a year, I'd say it's worth to check it out. Has lots of potential.
Really, really underrated tho..
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Semper Fi DaDa
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 24
In all honesty, i love playing games on my off time with school and anything thats on steam is great. There are alot of things this particular game has going for it, dynamics of exploration, different sequences of products you can develop, and the assumption that you can develop many different ways to suit our personality throughout it. I know this game is still being developed but i would have thought it would be essential to looking at guides or a mode where you can play the game in a guide to actually understand the fundamentals of what youre actaully doing. For instance, i play for 20 mins looking my character...not really knowing what to do or what was available until i watched some youtube videos. I think developing an actual guide to what this machine does and what it will do for you, levels of exploration in deep underground mining, levels of hazards when pursuing deeper exploration etc. Plus it seems once you go underground, the surface seems to not provide much other than trees...and maybe it should be balanced a little bit. Ill definitely continue playing the game to get better at it but maybe more bases and or guides to upgrading can help. Thanks.
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TGH-TheGamingHotDog
( 0.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 22
i don't care for it. there is no real tutorial. the movement is really bad. and you are thrown into it. they expect you to know how everything works.

but other than that i havn't found anything else that is annoying, i enjoy the face that i downvoted it before and now the developers made it so i could enjoy the game.

6/10 gameplay 11/10 developer support ;)

Edit: Because the developers helped me with these problems i'll upvote. i don't think the game is good at its current stare. but the developers seem like they care about peoples thoughts. and they helped make the game better to enjoy for me.
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olle
( 36.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 18
perfect! i figured out how to get the multi-pass aswell! (if you want me to tell you, email me at olle@rehnquist.se) and how to upgrade it to level 1, in the [removed for spioling where it is] base.
i greatly recommend this game for people who want a realistic game, (not like my broter, who chickend out, and got dig or die instead).
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H8 RICE
( 104.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 16
Awesome game but I end up running out of stuff to do. Just can't have a bad time on it tho, active devs and they really do listen. I wouldn't care if this was a work in progress for the next 10 years as long as they keep adding cool ♥♥♥♥ and more things to fight.
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Infinite
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 15
For now... Great potential, however buggy. For example, Items dropped from breaking environment don't get picked up sometimes when playing multiplayer (the item has been picked up on server side, my friend can't see it, but it's still there in my game, on the floor but I can't pick it up, gets annoying after a while, especially since now the planet floor is littered with items I see but can't pick up).

Also not enough content in game, and no updates since december of last year!? (written in May).
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Jeremy VII
( 42.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 15
Awesome game. Lots of things to do. Vast world many creatures to encounter. BUY IT!
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RosieG6
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 9
It's difficult to review this game as just positive or negative. It's for times like this that we need a "Mixed" button. I don't hate this game, nor do I love it. I'll just judge it as whether or not I'd recommend it. At this point in time, the answer is no, but it mainly comes down to your personal choice and willingness to wait for more content.* I looked online to find out whether I should buy Signs of Life or Starbound. Everywhere I looked, Signs of Life won in a landslide, saying it was more "Signs of Life = Something an adult made. Starbound = a 2 year olds plaything." What I actually saw in playing Signs of Life was more opposite than not, not that I'll go *that* far and say 2-year-olds created this. However, a giant mech chicken? That sounds like something out of old school DragonFable. Also, the conrols are counter-intuitive and it needs controller support (or better mapping). I think I was expecting more from this game. Yes, it's in early access. I'm happy to support a developer. But to find out we can't even go off planet in this game? It's a deal-breaker for me, at least at this point in time. So I guess it boils down to: do you want a game where you can mine and build and explore buildings left by previous inhabitants but not talk to them? Great! Do you want to support a (judging by other reviews) helpful and attentive dev team? Awesome! But that's about all you can do. Personally, I don't think I'll play this game until it gets something I can sink my teeth into. I'm excited to find out what the devs will do with this game, though. It has great potential.

TL;DR

Pros
  • Interesting story so far
  • Extensive crafting
  • Nice character customization
  • Attentive dev team
  • Great potential

Cons
  • Counter-intuitive controls
  • No controller support
  • Can't go off planet
  • Short story

Get it if you want to support a promising game, but as is, I can't recommend this game except to people who love sandboxes.* I'm excited to see where it leads in the next few updates.

*review subject to change
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GreenArcher007
( 43.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 7
Product received for free
this is a fun game, the have put in alot of work in to this game. CANT wait intell we leave this planet.
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AmethystAce
( 54.8 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: May 5
10/10 It's the only game that lets me shoot chickens with a laser cannon.
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Gav Indie
( 33.7 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 25
Very unique gameplay, story, and items!
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aaron30uk (6 digit 2ndacount)
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 12
more single player content ..
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xxxshadow72
( 24.6 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 10
its fun fresh and great graphics and its still in its delvelopment stage it has potiental.
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.:CRY0_SharK:.
( 55.4 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 8
This game has alot of potential and i mean it, at first you probably think that there isnt much at all because there isnt much to see on the surface it just loops but once you start your first mining operation and a couple of days later you realize this game is has alot to offer the creatures are intresting and hostile so you want more but soon things get old you know what the creatures do and how dangerous they are but you get past that and dig soon you hit rock bottom your meg tool and pick is useless you mine for materials untill you get better gems and a new pick thats the great feeling you get and thats progress you find cool new items and you want more thats what i had going on in my sessions its a great game and you should get it its worth it. Ok i suggest that you leave the review and move on because you wont get it if you dont have the game and your not experienced or a veteran anyways heres what i wanna suggest a deadspace mode and aliens(u no xenomorphs),i want gamemodes like arena (you fight to the death using what you can find in a area). zombie survival ? (like dayz or maybe black ops zombies type thing ) . I also would like to suggest humans vs aliens (like alien monsters vs humans and or aliens vs humans).*ATTENTION DEVELOPER*:if you decide to do any of these please dont rush it take your time these are suggestions not requirments decide if you wanna do it and thanks for creating this great game, Oh and please give me feed back i would like it :D
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wolverine5pl
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 7
game left by dev? no updates since DECEMBER!!
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Bentarius
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 5
Nothing but Starbound/Terraria clone with UI issues. Don't bother with this one.
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DragynDance
( 10.2 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: April 3
Best stuck in a hole simulator I've ever played.

No, seriously though. I'm downrating the living ♥♥♥♥ out of this game until they fix spike biomes. IT's the stupidest ♥♥♥♥ing ♥♥♥♥ I've ever seen in a crafting game. Giant invisible holes until you fall down them, infinitely spawning tiny enemies that your sword bounces off and who deal massive chunks of your health with attakcs, plus leave mines everywhere. It took me two RL days to tunnel out, just to ♥♥♥♥ing die anyway and lose everything I had collected.
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Sketch Szabo
( 22.9 hrs on record )
Early Access Review
Posted: March 29
huge potential, slow delopment, tons of fun meanwhile tho
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23 of 28 people (82%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
3.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 9
It's difficult to review this game as just positive or negative. It's for times like this that we need a "Mixed" button. I don't hate this game, nor do I love it. I'll just judge it as whether or not I'd recommend it. At this point in time, the answer is no, but it mainly comes down to your personal choice and willingness to wait for more content.* I looked online to find out whether I should buy Signs of Life or Starbound. Everywhere I looked, Signs of Life won in a landslide, saying it was more "Signs of Life = Something an adult made. Starbound = a 2 year olds plaything." What I actually saw in playing Signs of Life was more opposite than not, not that I'll go *that* far and say 2-year-olds created this. However, a giant mech chicken? That sounds like something out of old school DragonFable. Also, the conrols are counter-intuitive and it needs controller support (or better mapping). I think I was expecting more from this game. Yes, it's in early access. I'm happy to support a developer. But to find out we can't even go off planet in this game? It's a deal-breaker for me, at least at this point in time. So I guess it boils down to: do you want a game where you can mine and build and explore buildings left by previous inhabitants but not talk to them? Great! Do you want to support a (judging by other reviews) helpful and attentive dev team? Awesome! But that's about all you can do. Personally, I don't think I'll play this game until it gets something I can sink my teeth into. I'm excited to find out what the devs will do with this game, though. It has great potential.

TL;DR

Pros
  • Interesting story so far
  • Extensive crafting
  • Nice character customization
  • Attentive dev team
  • Great potential

Cons
  • Counter-intuitive controls
  • No controller support
  • Can't go off planet
  • Short story

Get it if you want to support a promising game, but as is, I can't recommend this game except to people who love sandboxes.* I'm excited to see where it leads in the next few updates.

*review subject to change
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
104.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 16
Awesome game but I end up running out of stuff to do. Just can't have a bad time on it tho, active devs and they really do listen. I wouldn't care if this was a work in progress for the next 10 years as long as they keep adding cool ♥♥♥♥ and more things to fight.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 24
In all honesty, i love playing games on my off time with school and anything thats on steam is great. There are alot of things this particular game has going for it, dynamics of exploration, different sequences of products you can develop, and the assumption that you can develop many different ways to suit our personality throughout it. I know this game is still being developed but i would have thought it would be essential to looking at guides or a mode where you can play the game in a guide to actually understand the fundamentals of what youre actaully doing. For instance, i play for 20 mins looking my character...not really knowing what to do or what was available until i watched some youtube videos. I think developing an actual guide to what this machine does and what it will do for you, levels of exploration in deep underground mining, levels of hazards when pursuing deeper exploration etc. Plus it seems once you go underground, the surface seems to not provide much other than trees...and maybe it should be balanced a little bit. Ill definitely continue playing the game to get better at it but maybe more bases and or guides to upgrading can help. Thanks.
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2 of 4 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
42.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: May 15
Awesome game. Lots of things to do. Vast world many creatures to encounter. BUY IT!
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
6.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 4
this game is fun ill give you my opinion


pros
1.nice graphics
2.a nice variety of mobs
3.animations are nice
4.decent combat system acttually requires timing and skill
5.loads of content and still coming
6.you can make a base its fun making one

cons
-long mining and i mean long most of the time you will be mining and hoping you find something
-crafting can be a pain since most icons are tiny and can be annoying when you clicl the wrong menu when trying to craft a stick or something


again this my review and terrairia players will be please for a while not enough content to keep you going for a long time but the devs are cosntantly working on it so expect more content coming from them
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9 of 15 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: March 29
huge potential, slow delopment, tons of fun meanwhile tho
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45 of 53 people (85%) found this review helpful
10 people found this review funny
Recommended
48.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 27, 2015
This is mostly a cut/paste from a feedback post I made on the discussion boards. Feel it has enough merit to share as a review. Hope you find this helpful:

-Graphics: 10/10
-Audio: 10/10
-AGIS: Epic. (Your trollish landing pod A.I. that is hell bent on shaming you into accepting responsiblity for everything that isn't your fault. He/it is mostly helpful, but offers a great distraction to early game failures. Such as when you get murdered by space goats like a newb.)

-Game Content: So WOW. Much YES. I watched the trailer, looked through the pictures. Hit up the youtubes for a few and still all of that didn't prepare me for the amount of fun and excitment to be had. I'm writing this, and then goiing back to playing I'm having so much damn fun. The ability to transfer my character between worlds is an amazing feature I've enjoyed in other titles, and I am very thankful to have it here too! (Replayability! 10/10)

-UI: Responsive and extremly user friendly. Buttons do what you'd expect them to do. There are also some you didn't think you would need, but are thankful to have! (+10 for being able to move every window!)

-Crafting System: Feels mostly balanced thus far and very easy to use.
The right click to change to a sub crafted item makes this system flawless. No digging for a thing to craft a thing. Just click and AGIS is your uncle you have a new shiney. Little to no tab swapping for detailed crafts. Carry (most of) your crafting stations with you!? (Thats right, smelt ore while slaying aliens in the same mine shaft to craft more ammo to slay more aliens.) Perfect. 10/10

-Inventory Management 100/10. (My inventory OCD is blown away by the work invested to keep my gear/mats/junk orginized and readily available. Bags, boxes, crates, furnature galore. Great work on this system!!!) (!!!!!)

-Progression/pace: After playing titles that have similar systems I started with some understanding of how progressing would no doubt work. I wasn't wrong. Very fluid transition between armor sets. Almost never felt like I was grinding for anything. Just exploring for the underground stations passively gave me the materiels I needed for each upgrade to armor/tools/crafting stations. All while ENJOYING the game. Well done.

The weapon progression did seem to be a bit lacking, but thats only because I refused to waste early mats on ammo and I thought the Leaf Sword was too damn cool looking to replace. Once Steel became an abundant item in my bags, the OP cave clearing began!
(And then I built a Material Printer and learned how to farm for Power Cores. I own my planet now. All aliens have been served eviction notices and I am currently selling mining rights to intersted buyers/fellow crash landers. Alien slave labor packages available to serious investors.)

Tons more to be experienced in this title that I haven't mentioned. Exploring and discovering those features will leave you feeling rewarded and 100% satisfied with your purchase even as an Early Access game. This belongs in your library.

-Eld
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Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 21
*EDITED REVIEW*
Alright, at the start, really wasn't fond of this game. Felt it was underdeveloped and extremely annoying. Really just thought it was some cheap game trying to make a cheap buck. To be honest, not a great game...yet. The developer(s) seems to really actually care about their and work with the community. I mean, bloody hell, I wrote an angry and rude review yet they actually spoke to me and spoke calmly. The game may not be at it's peak yet, but the developers are working hard to make it something desirable and really step up and communicate with their community. (Hey, maybe they won't have a set play style for a long time then drastically change it like Starbound has...TWICE! tbh these guys would probably ask before butchering an entire play style. gg)
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
63.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 18
I really like this game, some great crafting potential after mining and exploring. You can craft on the fly mostly which leads to progressive gamelay. Decent Base building, I haven't played much of starbound or terraria, which I guess I'm comparing it to, but it's got so much choice in crafting it's unbelievable! It's been about 8months since I last played and I'm impressed they're still updating it.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 5, 2015
I just cannot fathom how this game has so many sterling reviews, when it's really not that great.
While the game is cute, it's tiring to play. Everything is very wonky and steadily becomes a chore. Even picking up items is a punishment of manual labor, down to the last individual apple and rock. The game has much untapped potential, and will surely rise to achieve, but sadly in its current state you're likely to find something similar on a CD tacked to the back of a gaming magazine sleeve titled "101 Demo games" circa 1998.

This in mind, I do not regret having purchased it, and look forward to the future for this title. I hope it lives up to that aforementioned potential.



~Developer Requested Feedback Here~
Well, it's possible some of my issues could simply be a matter of opinion. For me, the wonky side of things would be combat, movement, even the animation can be at times, but the animation is literally part of the charming charisma this game has, and really shouldn't change.
Specifically, swinging 30 times to hit a cornered chicken twice becomes a chore. It's almost easier to kill one that's running from you.
Movement can be a bit annoying but it's difficult to explain this one. This is where I feel it's mostly opinion. Something about movement feels sluggish and lacks that seemless, fast action, quick response range of motion other similar titles have. I typically find myself avoiding situations and instead end up playing more casually.

Chore. I know this is something some people find unqiue about this title, but I myself find it quite frustrating picking up every single apple, rock, and twig, one by one, by one, by one... slowly... spending 5 minutes to claim the tree I just chopped down branch by sometimes-hard-to-spot branch. I know auto pickup is old and done and cliche now, but some systems are still in use today because they work. Quite well. Some may feel this lends a touch of charm to the game, and I understand that. For others, it just won't do. I'm the latter. It's cute at first... gets old VERY fast.
The inventory, while unique and interesting, would make an OCD person set their computer on fire. Even after using the sort button. Personally, I like the inventory, it's fun and new and innovative, but I feel like it's tiny and constricted, sometimes complicated, and perhaps a little overwhelming. Holding a hammer, or placing it on the bench, or having to HAVE a hammer even (which is why most titles would include this type of item as part of the workbench in the art...) all of this type of stuff kind of over complicates an already complicated crafting system, which brings me to the crafting menu, or menus...

The crafting menu is extremely overwhelming. So many tabs, so many lists, so many stuffs.... but in your defense, I can see the careful thought taken into the design for ease of use. Being able to craft the needed materials for a larger recipe by clicking them (such as wood planks, etc)... and honestly there is so much stuff in games like this, crafting is always a tricky system. Other titles even struggle with this as well. It just takes a lot of patience to get used to it. For this game though, I feel like there's no real pipeline in crafting. Right off the escape pod you have like 2 or 3 sets of craftable armor... and they aren't the same. One is clearly the better, and so.... why make the other ones?

My final rant would be the interface layout and usage. it's unqiue for sure, but the very nature of a quickbar is to let the user set it up how they like it, and not make it a Walmart of your inventory. It's great that I can scroll hotbar 1 to get between my iron pickaxe and my wrist laser mining thingy... but add a copper pickaxe that you found and things become... well... a chore.
Same thing goes for hotbar 5. Dirt n ♥♥♥♥. Maybe I don't want dirt on 5? Maybe I don't want sand between my dirt and stone? Sometimes flipping through hotbar slot 5 to get to the right block is like walking through clothes, toys, automotive, electronics, lawn and garden, produce, candy, and finally snack foods to get to the dairy section for that milk you wanted in the first place. Get me? I didn't find a way to change it to, well, any other title setup where I can put my own stuff in the slots. If there exists one, great! If not, there probably should.

All this in mind, you got a thumbs up because this isn't a bad game. It's clearly still being developed and it could get really good as time goes by. It's also great to see a developer actively taking feedback.
Thanks for your interest in my thoughts :)
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Recommended
17.2 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 8
Really promising game so far, I will be playing for some time.

That said, time for some c&c

So first the UI is really nice and the hotbar works well, but holy mother of God does it need Lshift clicking or some kind of rapid move thing. Also a search feature for inventory and chests is needed asap.

Please add underwater biome, ice, lava, Sky, planet core, etc.

More monsters needed!

Npcs?

Add a Grappling hook and jet pack energy cost down, even with power core/gem armor it's too expensive.

Why no gem sword? ;-:

Loved the story.

More bosses please. The chicken is ok, but the underground big robot is really bad RN.

Ok final crazy gripe, the bloody mining laser doesn't have an option to auto mine in a grid formation, so you have to spasm your mouse all over after you get it upgraded. Big oversight there.

That's it for now. Devs if you read this, please head my words.

For everyone else. Nice game worth the price and shows promise.


Sorry for bad grammar I'm super exhausted right now. I'm not some uneducated troglodyte.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
29.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 19, 2015
Ok, for those of you who like this style of game, and are looking for something new, this game has some very fun aspects. The game does bottleneck at the mining restrictions like most of this type so progress is limited to perseverance. It is not quite as good as some of the other titles in the arena, but it has potential to become very interesting. It is worth the price they are asking and defenately worth it if you can find it on sale.
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
Recommended
135.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 11
This has to be my favourite game in this genre; if I hadn't had to have taken a 3 month break due to an illness I would have many more hours sunk into the game. I don't have the time right now to write a more detailed review, that is something I will do that in the future, but I wanted to point out a few things I like about the game.
I love the colourful graphics, the storyline, the crafting system. The myriad different items to make or find, the different weapons and armour, the wildlife that sort of feel like a living ecology, the different aggressive creatures, wow the list goes on. As I said, I plan on writing a more in depth review at some point, but for now let me just say, if you like sandbox games with an interesting storyline and great graphics, buy Signs Of Life now!
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8 of 13 people (62%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: February 10
This game is rediculously addictive. If you enjoyed/enjoy Terraria you will love this! Enjoy!
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11 of 19 people (58%) found this review helpful
12 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: December 19, 2015
Best fun i ever had in multiplayer, we both ran away from a giant scary robot chicken of doom after i stupidly shot it with a crossbow
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 22
This game is obviously a work in progress and is lacking in some areas noticably the story which sets a damn good background but ends way too soon (Early Access and more due to come later). The crafting system is well thought out and your avatar has a genuine weight behind it which is lacking in other similar titles (looking at you starbound).

Early Access though it may be there is still some content here worthy of the price they are asking (bout £8 at the time of this review) and I can heartily recommend this game if you are a fan of survival, crafting and terrraria/starbound.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
Recommended
45.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 26
So far I don't see much bad to say on this game beside that's its only in alpha for now and therefore have to wait for new content

Pros

-Good animation

-Good graphic style

-Good gameplay

-Just enough story to keep things interesting (more to come)

-Relaxing music while playing

-Dem stupid archievements ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Cons

-Lack of content (because its in alpha, but you are going to sink quite some hours before you think you seen it all)

-Enemy AI mostly shooting in straight line whenever they have ranged weapon, making it easy to defeat most of them

Other info

-When you start, you have a 9mm gun with 1 bullet, a flare gun with some flares, a random auto sorting bag and a GPS beacon in your rescuepod in a container

-No item droped disapear over time and when you die the GPS you carry with you emit a signale visible on your minimap

-The Grinder turn some useless junk into interesting stuff, making grinding less grindy *pun*

-Avoid shaving sheeps at night/dawn/nightfall

Looking foward to new content
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 7
This game is really good. The controls are tight and the artwork is very pretty. It's like Edge of Space except this is executed properly. Both games have similar descriptions but 'Signs of Life' has the fundamentals down pat. If you were apprehensive about buying this game because of past disappoints with other games in the genre, don't worry. The Devs are focusing on the right areas for this game's design and will put more of the content in later, as opposed to some other games out there with all the bells and whistles but have artwork that clashes and mushy controls.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
13.4 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 19
its as good as starbound or terriaria and is probably one of my favrite games
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Not Recommended
31.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: January 14
Version reviewed: 0.6.

I understand this is early access, but I was still expecting a lot more from this game. A few things in the trailer don't seem to exist in the current version of the game (e.g. starting in a base, a jump-jet with unlimited fuel, a moon environment... it actually looks like the early parts of the trailer... that's supposed to be backstory, but presenting it in the form of actual gameplay that we the players don't get to experience is a dirty trick. Though there is still a very playable (if incomplete) game here with most of the demonstrated features. I still, though, have other criticisms.

First of all, the inventory management system is a serious pain. With no auto-organizing, optional snap-to-grid placements, and the inefficent sort/organize functions for containers... at least being able to carry an unlimited number of nested containers and label them though, helps organize things. But something tells me the final version of the game is going to do away with that.

Secondly, the controls. In addition to the difficulty of successfully picking up smaller/thinner items, there's also the awkward and clumsy movement that gives me lots of frustration trying to make jumps. It's also hard to attack exactly where you want to attack. Singling out the right item you want to use in automatic mode takes a long time if you've got a lot of stuff (and an effective unlimited inventory means you can and should get as many toys on your person as possible) and manual mode is impractical since the hotbar is limited to seven slots plus two quick slots.

Thirdly is the fake difficulty. Death is cheap (you drop everything and respawn, and I don't think items ever disappear from the world) but it can be really irritating to get back to where you dropped all your stuff -- especially when you respawn with a partial bar of health, an empty stomach (you only regenerate health when you've had something to eat), and no armor. And many monsters that stand in your way can kill you in precisely two hits in that state. And then there's the frustration of having to re-organize your main inventory -- since whenever you pick something up with the grab laser (the fastest way to pick stuff up) it just gets thrown into a random spot in your bag.

Fourth -- the progression. It just doesn't feel right. This is clearly a space-age survival game, but the metals available to use don't even include titanium. Steel is the second-best metal there is, with the tier after that being practical post-game equipment. Also, why the heck is bronze stronger than iron?

Fifth, everything that's missing. No music. No way to quickly switch ammo types on a held weapon (you need to select the item in question which you probably have in a nested container in your inventory to change its used ammo). No mechanism wiring systems (no designing elaborate traps or light switches). No liquids (water/lava/etc).

I haven't even tried to build a base of my own because the game gives you a prefabricated base from the start, and building structures is made a lot more complicated than it has to be as every building material has like 8 different types of blocks, and the clunky interface and crafting required would make it more of a chore than it's worth. I dread having to build anything creatively in this game.

I've clocked 31 hours into this game (as of this writing) and I feel like I've basically seen everything there is to see. That's depressingly low for a survival game. You're better off going for Starbound -- this game has a long way to go before it can even hold a candle to it.

Maybe I'll check back in a few versions and see how it's advanced.
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